Now, this is encouraging . . .

By Alan  Bean

An exit poll conducted for the Associated Press contains this surprising result:

Only 3 in 10 voters said that most illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be deported, while nearly two-thirds said such people should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.

Voter opinion depends a great deal on the way the question is phrased, so a different question might have received a less generous response.  But if 65% of the nation thinks undocumented residents deserve a shot at citizenship, Congress has a mandate for comprehensive reform.  Let’s hope they make the most of it.